Rehabilitation services

Clinical Therapies

Royal Rehab offers the full range of clinical therapies to support adults with chronic or complex conditions.


We have specialist experience in brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation, orthopaedic conditions and neurological conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and cerebral palsy.

Our comprehensive multidisciplinary therapy is provided by our skilled and compassionate therapists who visit clients in the convenience of their homes, in locations around the community and at our facility at Ryde.

Individually tailored programs are customised for each client and are goal-directed, meaning we focus on what you want to achieve and the areas that are important to you in your daily life.

Our comprehensive range of therapies mean our clients benefit from a holistic collaborative approach where the most appropriate combination of different therapies is brought together to give you the best possible outcomes.

Our therapies include:

  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Case management
  • Speech pathology
  • Recreational therapy
  • Clinical horticultural therapy
  • Social work
  • Dietetics
  • Nursing
  • Clinical psychology and neuropsychology

Our range of therapies

Occupational therapy can enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. An occupational therapist will work with you to enhance your independence in the things you want, need or are expected to do, by modifying the activity, task or environment.  Below are some of the specific areas in which our occupational therapists may be able to provide support.

  • Complex home modifications
  • Assistive technology prescription and review-including wheelchairs, hoists, beds and daily living aids
  • Assessments and recommendations to support Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) and Supported Independent Living (SIL)
  • Assessments and recommendations to support a Housing Solutions report
  • NDIS Care needs and/ or functional assessment and recommendations
  • Capacity building in activities of daily living and support worker/ attendant care worker training
  • Cognitive rehabilitation strategies
  • Assessment and recommendations to support optimal positioning
  • Driver assessment and training
  • Vehicle modifications prescription

Physiotherapy can improve a person’s quality of life by lessening the effects of dysfunction, restoring movement, alleviating pain, improving fitness and functional abilities.  A physiotherapist will work with you, taking a holistic approach to your treatment, helping you achieve goals related to strength, mobility, balance and coordination, while aiming to reduce the risk of secondary impairments and promoting independence.  Below are some of the specific areas in which our physiotherapists may be able to provide support:

  • Assessment and prescription of exercise or activity program
  • Assistive technology prescription and review– including walking frames, standing frames, transfer aids
  • Assessment and intervention to improve gait pattern or wheelchair skills
  • Water based programs
  • Orthotics and post prosthetic re-training
  • Assessment and recommendations to support optimal positioning

These services can be offered in your home, or your community, or onsite in our therapy gym or hydrotherapy pool, dependent upon your individual needs and circumstances.

We are looking to expand our service offering, so please register your interest in one of the below future programs today by sending us an email.

  • Health and wellbeing mobility group
  • Health and wellbeing gym group
  • Health and wellbeing hydrotherapy group.

Case Managers have the experience and skills to provide a holistic approach to the coordination of your treatment, rehabilitation and care following a severe injury. At Royal Rehab our icare-approved case managers will work with you and your families collaboratively to improve quality of life and facilitate independence. Our intervention is always client driven and we recognise how important the inclusion of family and friends can be following severe injury. Below are some of the ways in which our case managers may be able to provide support:

  • Discharge planning with your inpatient team to get you home following severe injury
  • Assessment of rehabilitation needs and referral to appropriate providers either within our own multidisciplinary team or your identified preferred providers
  • Development of rehabilitation plans, including icare’s My Plan, to continue your rehabilitation following your return home
  • Liaison with the multiple providers to ensure optimal rehabilitation outcomes. This may include your insurer, care provider, therapy team and treating medical team
  • Coordination of FIM assessment

We can work with you at any time throughout your rehabilitation, listening to your goals and planning how we can achieve these together.

Speech pathology can assist you with your speech, language, cognition, voice or augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).  A speech pathologist will work with you to optimise independent communication skills for life. A speech pathologist is a specialist in mealtime and swallowing support and can assist you with developing a mealtime management plan.  Below are some of the specific areas in which our speech pathologists may be able to provide support.

  • Assessment and support with communication skills and strategies
  • Assessment and support with swallowing and mealtime management
  • Ongoing speech pathology to support swallowing and communication needs
  • Trial of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices and training on use
  • Education and training for family or support workers involved in your care in relation to your swallowing or communication recommendations and strategies
  • Assistive technology prescription – includes AAC devices.

We are consistently looking to expand the services we offer. Register your interest in attending a Communication Group by sending us an email.

Recreational therapy can increase your ability to participate in activities tailored to your lifestyle which are enjoyable, good for your health and wellbeing, and rewarding.  A recreational therapist will work with you to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to independently participate in the recreation and leisure pursuits that interest you the most.  Below are some of the specific areas in which our recreational therapists may be able to provide support:

  • Assessment of recreation and leisure interests and relevant skills
  • Trial of recreation and leisure activities including use of adaptive equipment
  • Skill development via individual or group program
  • Education and training in modified recreational and leisure pursuits
  • Assistive technology prescription – includes adaptive sporting equipment
  • Group cycling programs
  • Linkage to community resources and programs
  • Adapted sports programs including golf, fishing, rock climbing and more.

Find out more about our adaptive sport, recreation and leisure programs here.

Clinical horticultural therapy is a unique offering which aims to increase your abilities in the garden alongside developing skills transferrable to everyday life.  A clinical horticultural therapist will work with you to optimise your independence, incorporating the physical and psychological benefits of gardening in either your garden or a community garden space.  Below are some of the specific areas in which our clinical horticultural therapist may be able to provide support:

  • Assessment of ability to complete gardening activities
  • Recommendations and trials of modifications or adaptive equipment
  • Horticultural site assessment and recommendations
  • Assistive technology prescription – including adaptive gardening tools
  • Assessment of access and recommendations
  • Linkage to community resources and programs, including Royal Rehab’s Gardening Group

You can also access this service on site at Royal Rehab’s beautiful Productive Garden.

Social work provides support to you and your family as you adjust to the challenges which arise following injury, illness and disability. A social worker will work with you to identify your needs using a motivational approach to help you adjust and identify your ‘new normal’. Our team will assist with your transition back into your community or engagement in relevant supports for the first time. Below are some of the specific areas in which our social workers may be able to provide support:

  • Support, counselling and advice for you and your unpaid carers
  • Practical advice and advocacy related to benefits, entitlements and finances
  • Psychosocial assessment of impacts of illness or disability on your life
  • Assistance with navigating funding and support systems including the NDIS
  • Adjustment support and counselling related to life changes
  • Assessment and support to access services in your community
  • Psychosexual counselling to support a person’s sexual needs and function

Dietitians can provide you with up-to-date food and nutrition advice through individual dietary counselling and nutrition therapy appropriate for your specific circumstance to promote good health. Royal Rehab’s dietitians will work with you to assess your individual needs to help you understand healthy eating options and appropriate lifestyle choices to promote wellbeing. Below are some of the specific areas in which our dietitians can offer support:

  • Assess nutritional requirements in context of illness or disability
  • Provide nutrition counselling to you and your formal or informal care team
  • Provide advice on appropriate nutritional intake incorporating the food you enjoy into your meal plans
  • Provide recommendations and education on specialised nutrition support e.g. enteral feeding and wound management
  • Advice and support to access supplements and linkages to nutritional schemes.

Our nursing team specialise in assessing and managing a range of issues associated with spinal cord injury and brain injury.  Adopting a wellness model of care, Royal Rehab’s nurses play an important role in providing both therapeutic interventions and advising on managing your health while living well following a severe injury.  Below are some of the areas in which our nurses can offer support:

  • Continence assessment and scripting for consumables
  • Education and strategies to manage your bladder and bowel
  • Skin, Pressure and wound management and prevention strategies
  • Medication advice

Our psychologists provide support in helping people deal with feelings about their Illness or injury, and can assist you to work towards acceptance and positivity about your life again.  By supporting clients to better understand their injury or illness, our psychologists can help you regain a sense of control over your life.  Below are some of the areas in which our psychologists can offer support:

  • Neuropsychological assessments
  • Development of positive behaviour support plans
  • Understand and manage feelings of anger, grief and hopelessness
  • Support and strategies to manage pain
  • Understand and manage fatigue and address sleepless-ness

Get started or refer to this service

Anyone can refer to Royal Rehab’s Clinical Therapies including self-referrals, medical professionals, and insurance agencies.


Clinical Therapies can be funded through icare and other third party insurers or the NDIS (under Improved Daily Living or Social and Community Participation). The option to self-fund is also available.

For more information on Referrals or Funding, contact one of our experts today:


NDIS funded service

Royal Rehab is an approved NDIS provider.


icare funded services

Royal Rehab services may be funded through icare.

World Physiotherapy Day

In Royal Rehab’s 120th year of operation, we reflected on our rich past and spoke to three former physiotherapists about their time working here, how physiotherapy has changed over the years and what they would say to anyone contemplating a future career in the profession.

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